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1  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: Roger, you should remove the link to Talkbass. on: July 12, 2013, 03:20:16 PM
As Gerard said, haters gonna hate.  These fanatics think what's best for them must be best for everyone.  These ignorami should be ignored if possible.  "When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kind of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt." -Robert M. Pirsig

That said, the hate goes both ways to a certain extent.  Some boutique players show the same hate to low end imports, or even production line basses such as Fender.  Hatin' the low end is as bad as hatin' the high end.  The desired result is good music: the tool might matter to the player, but not the listener.

Hate aside, there's a legitimate difference of opinion on whether a boutique is "worth it".  For some, a Fender or even Squier is good enough, and that's fine.  If I couldn't afford Sadowsky, I would be satisfied with Fender.  But I can afford Sadowsky, and the difference in quality is well worth the difference in price to me.

Slow Friday today... is it the weekend yet??
2  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: What Does a Sadowsky Bass Sound Like? on: February 16, 2013, 07:22:46 PM
The forum is back!  Cool

Here are three vids of one of my bands, Bad Weather Boyz... sadly, defunct as of last year.  Zoom Q3 camera catches the stage/monitor mix, but my Sadowsky P5 "Red" comes through well enough (for better or worse...)

Born Under a Bad Sign (not quite Jack Bruce dirty)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QugFO4BG2T8

Will It Go Round In Circles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUVki1uZgrs

Vehicle (slightly abbreviated)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=165cRh-oIO4




I regularly get queries about the sound of my Sadowsky MM5, so, here's "Whitey" with my rock band.  Again, it's my Zoom Q3 set up behind the mains, right in front of me and my NV610.  Yes, I need work on my pickstyle technique.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIYQVwDcg3M



Last but definitely not least, my ideal rock tone, featuring my '05 P5 "Blackie":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJY1XuatWWI
3  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: Is there a preferred Straplock for Sadowsky basses? on: October 26, 2010, 11:52:15 AM
Roger's choice for the NYC basses is the Dunlop Dual Design.  FWIW, I think this is the best locking system: in a decade of heavy use I have never encountered a problem, and the buttons work just fine even with unlocked straps.

The recessed Dunlops have an elegant look, but if you don't have a locked strap then you are out of luck.  And I've never thought that strap buttons were unattractive anyway.

I do not recommend the Schaller system.  It's seriously flawed, IMO/IME.
4  General Category / Sadowsky Forum / Re: Steal the chops of one guitar and/or bass player. Who do you choose? on: October 26, 2010, 11:40:46 AM

Since I'm not very interested in playing guitar, and if by chops you not only mean technique, but musicianship, tone, taste, feel, etc... I'd choose Garry Tallent, Willie Weeks and James Jamerson.


+1.  Beautifully put, outstanding choices.
5  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: Cowbell covers on basses: yeah or nay and why? on: June 23, 2010, 10:51:09 AM
I love the look but keeps me limited as to where I can play on the strings so I would rather not have.

This sums it up for me, too.

Guys like James Jamerson and Will Lee sound great with the bell cover, but I'm just me!
6  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: Thoughts on "reversing" the pickup on a PJ on: June 23, 2010, 10:46:44 AM
As with most anything else, it's personal preference.  I've tried reverse, but prefer standard for the traditional P-bass timbre: I like the way the upper strings sing, while the lower ones are big and phat.  My Sadowsky P5 has no J pickup, but I have no trouble getting punch from the B-E-A strings.

Yes, you'll get even more punch from the low strings if you reverse, but the tradeoff (as you noticed) is less phatness.

If we're talking PJ basses: reverse PJ gives a more J-style 'pop' to the upper strings for slap funk playing, but again, there's less girth on the lower strings.  Standard PJ restores girth down low, but some feel that the 'pop' on the top strings is thinner.  Of course Vic Wooten's #1 bass is standard PJ and he's known to do some popping now and then.  Yes, he plays Fodera, not Sadowsky, but there's a certain vibe to each pickup placement regardless of brand.
7  General Category / Sadowsky Forum / Re: Gig pics of your Sadowsky on: May 30, 2010, 02:26:48 AM
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